Waking up for school or work is the worst -- especially in the Winter when the sky is hung with a mantle of darkness and suck. Enter Wakie, a new app that allows to you to arise each morning not to the bleating of your alarm clock (I use the one that sounds like an air raid), but to a phone call from a real, live human being.
Yup, Wakie is billed as a "social alarm clock," an app for iOS and Android that allows you to join a community of "Sleepyheads" and "Wakies" that want their morning to kick off on a different foot -- or want to do the kicking.
How does it work? Well, you basically download the app, input your phone number (it remains anonymous), and -- if you feel so inclined -- set what time you would like to wake up and on what days. When that time rolls around, the alarm goes off, and you're connected to a person who will chat with you until you wake up -- or until one minute passes, whichever comes first. If there's no one around, you'll get an automated call.
If you prefer to do the waking -- perhaps you have a sadistic streak? -- you can opt to rouse anyone who may be slumbering and in need of a rooster from the homescreen.
I had the opportunity to wake one person -- a man who seemed very confused by it all -- and I can say that it was a strange and slightly awkward experience... that was actually kind of fun (even though the exchange was very brief). I highly recommend it for anyone who hates talking on the phone and wants to up their social skills. I set my alarm for 7 a.m. tomorrow -- so game on, guys. I'm expecting some sparkling wit.
Users can also connect after chatting via a community message board in-app, so, I dunno, maybe someone will find romance -- a modern-day "You've Got Mail" by chance?
According to TechCrunch, more features are apparently in the works, including a Premium version that lets you chat longer -- and choose the gender of who you want to speak with. Automated calls from celebs are also in the works (I'm putting my order for David Bowie now, thanks).
Would you let a stranger wake you up?